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Old 07-20-2005, 08:57 PM   #1
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Converting plug-in undercabinet light to direct wire


We're redoing our kitchen, and several months ago purchased some slick IKEA undercabinet halogen lights. Problem is, the lights are two prong plug-ins, and I've setup the kitchen / wiring to direct wire the undercabinet lights. For a variety of reasons, I don't want to simply put in outlets at this point.

So the question is - is simply cutting off the plugs & properly connecting the wires an acceptable practice (safe, etc.)? If so, where do I connect the ground-wire from the electrical wiring to?

Any help / guidance would be most appreciated. I can always take the lights back & simply buy direct-wire lights, but they are very slick & a great value and I'd like to use them if I can.

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Are you absolutely positive as to the voltage? What country are you in?

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Are you absolutely positive as to the voltage? What country are you in?
Yes - it's a standard 110 line. The only 220 line in the house is completely separate & runs to the stove outlet exclusively. I'm in the U.S. & will update my profile
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No. You can not just cut the plugs off and wire them directly. I would take them back and replace them with models that can be direct wired.
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OK - thank you!
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